Entries tagged with: Theologian
When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Ramleh are promising each night wil completely different, divergent sets. Tickets to both shows go on sale Monday (11/3) at noon.
JFK is one of Anthony di Franco's solo projects, and Kleistwahr is the solo moniker of Gary Mundy. The three local acts on the VItus show fit the bill well too, and you can also catch Alberich at the same venue on 11/6 (tickets). These are Ramleh's only North American dates that we know of. A few Ramleh streams below...
by Ian Chainey
Father Murphy, the bewildering experimental band that has called Brooklyn, Berlin, and Italy home, is back in America for a number of live events. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, they'll be providing a live score for Luca Dipierro's Paper Circus, a collection of short animated films, one of which you can see below. Then the outfit is off to Mexico, eventually heading back north in October for shows in Montreal and Chicago. They come NYC's way, dropping in at the Acheron on October 9 with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.
We premiered a track from Father Murphy's January release Pain is On Our Side Now, calling it, "soaked in abrasive noise, and terrifyingly dark textures, and strays pretty far from anything resembling a conventional pop song." You can trip out to the full release below.
Theologian, meanwhile, are just off of playing with Megaton Leviathan and will be re-releasing a vinyl version of their charred-black, industrial/noise tumult Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 (preorder). Oneirogen is the intensely heavy project of guitarist Mario Diaz de Leon, squashing listeners with thick drone-y riffs. And Denverite Matthew Hunzeker's Of Earth & Sun tags himself as 'ritual drone' and 'ritual industrial,' delivering a hypnotic and primal feast of sounds recalling Tribes of Neurot at their most death-obsessed.
All of the dates are listed, along with a Luca Dipierro film and streams from the bands, below...
by Ian Chainey
Portland's Megaton Leviathan are currently on tour with Vaital Deul. Both bands are helping to get the word out regarding Megaton Leviathan's next release, the miraculous Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell which is out next week (9/9) via Seventh Rule Recordings. Why miraculous? Well, following their first album, the doom/psych band's future seemed to be in serious doubt. But lone-remaining member Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept at it, shouldering the load and delivering a whale of a sophomore LP.
We recently premiered opener "Past 21" on Invisible Oranges and the track adds all kinds of wrinkles to Megaton Leviathan's atmospheric-rich music. Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept the gaze-y Nadja-isms in place, but has twisted it to fit a new rhythmic sense, one that recalls older Neurosis. Stick around until the four-minute mark and you're treated to some soaring leads that feel fully earned. If blurry and beautiful doom and gloom is your thing, it's worth giving a spin.
For their live show, Megaton Leviathan have been filled out to a three-piece, with engineer Mort Subite and drummer Markus Covello (both from V.I.I.R.L.) lending their talents. The trio's tour hits NYC's The Acheron on September 7 with Theologian, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.
Speaking of, the abrasive death-synth artist Theologian will be releasing a vinyl version of their 2013 speaker-exploder Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 through Crucial Blast. The blackened Kosmodemonic -- who played with Watain earlier in the year -- put out debut EP Chapel Perilous in April and previewed the swirling "Kali" from a forthcoming full-length around that same time. Vaital Deul membership includes Mort Subite and tags themselves as, "Orchestral Post-Doom, depressive neo-folk and other grim sounding buzz-descriptors." Noted.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams for the bands (minus the secretive Vaital Deul), below...
by Doug Moore
Whitehorse at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Both Australian sludge/noise unit Whitehorse and prolific and like-minded Americans The Body (who, for the record, are in fact currently based in Portland, OR) are both at Roadburn this weekend and will embark on separate European tours afterwards. Once they've wrapped those up, the two will reconvene for a NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 8. along with compelling local support from Gnaw & Theologian. Tix are available now.
This won't be your only opportunity to catch The Body live this spring/summer -- they'll be back on July 5 at ABC No Rio as part of their tour with Thou, whom they just released a collaborative EP with. Not to be outdone by their tourmates in the absurdly-prolific department, Thou have also released another EP, this one a standalone entitled The Sacrifice. You can stream it below. In a thematically appropriate but wholly unsurprising twist, it features a Nirvana cover ("I Hate Myself and I Want to Die," specifically), a band they've covered before.
(And speaking of Saint Vitus and Nirvana...)
Check out the Thou stream and all lists of tour dates below...
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro
Deafheaven @ 285 Kent, 7/4/2013
After a sold-out Saint Vitus show (7/2) gave way to a second show at 285 Kent (7/4), black-metal tinged shoegaze quintet Deafheaven sold-out that space too. The two dates, separated by a show in Boston at TT Bear's, were part of a larger tour for the band with special guest Marriages. Additional support at Saint Vitus on July 2 came from heavy shoegazers Nothing (featuring Nick of Whirr on guiter, they'll tour together soon) and support at 285 Kent on July 4 featured a dark ambient set from Montreal's Aun and an industrial/noise set from Brooklyn's Theologian. Pictures from both shows are in this post.
In addition to the shows, photographer Lukas Hodge spent some time embedded with the band, taking pictures of Deafheaven backstage, on the road, and at play. More pictures, an interview, and a thoughful piece on the band are available at InvisibleOranges. It's worth a look for sure.
In related news, Nothing will play a headlining show of their own tonight at Paper Box (7/8), joined by support from Lazyeyes, Turnip King, The Backhomes and Treatment. $7 gets you into this 21+ show. The band returns in one month for a show at Saint Vitus, part of a larger tour.
More pictures/video from Deafheaven's Saint Vitus and 285 Kent shows are below.
Deafheaven's second NYC show this week with Marriages , scheduled for July 4 at 285 Kent, has added more for your patriotic, loud entertainment dollar. In addition to a DJ sets from Shaun of Weekend and
Jenn Pelly (turns out she can't make it), the show will also feature performances from Montreal dark ambient crew AUN and Brooklyn industrial-noise gang Theologian. Tickets are still available for this InvisibleOranges sponsored show and doors are at 10PM.
This is in addition to their original, now sold-out NYC date at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (7/2) which features support from Nothing.
by Fred Pessaro
The Body's second gig of their rainy two-night stand at The Acheron last night (6/10) included sets by instrumental favorites Sannhet, industrial/noise from Theologian and promising young doomers Hasj. And of course, The Body ripping it up. Pictures and video from the show are up at Invisible Oranges, as well as ones from the June 9 show with Mutilation Rites and Geryon.
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, drummer Justin Ennis will be in the studio at East Village Radio tonight (6/11) as special guest on the InvisibleOranges show which airs at 10 PM EDT. Tune in for new music, interviews, and more.
by Fred Pessaro
The Body at The Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro)
On their way out of recording three LPs in a row at Machines with Magnets in Providence, The Body played the first of two NYC shows at The Acheron last night (6/9). Mutilation Rites and Geryon, the latter of which features half of Krallice, provided support for the evening and you can check out more pictures and video from that show at Invisible Oranges.
The Body do it again at The Acheron tonight (6/10, tickets). Post-everything instrumental trio Sannhet provides direct support along with Theologian and Hasj (mems Bad Dream and Trenchgrinder).
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Body at Acheron, Sept 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
There was a time not too long ago when you could set your watch to appearances from The Body in NYC. Not so much anymore, but time has come again. On their way to the studio, The Body will play two shows at Acheron on June 9 & 10. Support on each night is similarly stellar, with 6/9 featuring Mutilation Rites and Geryon and 6/10 featuring Sannhet, Theologian and Hasj. Tickets for both shows are on sale.
Corrections House @ Saint Vitus, 1/21/2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House, the new supergroup comprised of Sanford Parker (producer/engineer, Nachtmystium, Minsk), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc.), and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, who played this past weekend), kicked off their US tour at Saint Vitus last night (1/21) which was also their first-ever show. The band was joined by opening sets from York Factory Complaint (mems Believer/Law, Veins, ex-Drunkdriver) and Theologian, and featured "solo sets of spoken word, acoustic and experimental music with an end times collaboration to close out the night."
More pictures and a review of the show are over at Invisible Oranges.
Sannhet at Saint Vitus, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to present an exclusive East Coast appearance from Deafheaven, who will join Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian at Saint Vitus on February 22. Tickets are on sale. The show will also work as a coming-out party...
We are Sacrament Recordings and Merchandise, created by the owners of Brooklyn's premier dark music institution Saint Vitus. Sacrament's mission is to proliferate the culture that is experienced by thousands every year at our club through recordings, merchandise, mixtapes, and of course EPIC shows... we have a lot of exciting things coming up, especially from our favorite band Sannhet.As you may know by now, Brooklyn instrumental trio Sannhet (who played the BV-BBG CMJ show) expertly mixes soaring post-rock with elements of black metal tremolo-picking, hardcore, and more. Think Russian Circles meets Altar of Plagues. Look for their new LP Known Flood on February 19 via Sacrament (the show is their release party), and in the meantime check out their new video for "Absecon Isle," as well as some recent live video below.
Menace Ruine will team with Sewer Goddess, Northumbria, Theologian and Requiem for a one-off NYC show on Saturday (12/1) at Acheron. To quote the band's vinyl home for their latest offering of industrial-noise-tinged neo-folk, Alight In Ashes, "This may be a rare opportunity to see them, as they are taking a break from touring and live performances for a while." Get yours at SIGE Records or CD-leaning folk can get their copy via Profound Lore.
Stream a track from the band's latest offering below.
by Caroline Harrison
Car Bomb at 285 Kent, 10/20/2012
Pitchfork's unofficial Show No Mercy CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/20) at 285 Kent featured New York acts Car Bomb, Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons, and Theologian. Special guest Andy Stott, who played earlier in the day at a Pitchfork & MoMA PS1 CMJ show, DJ-ed starting around 1:30.
Industrial electronic group Theologian played the first set of the night, followed by Primitive Weapons who slammed through an energetic set. Singer Dave Castillo's hardcore frontman antics kept the crowd engaged.
Brooklyn's Pyrrhon played two of the new tracks up on their bandcamp during their set and anyone who worried that the bizarro metal outfit couldn't keep up the anxious intensity of their debut LP needn't have worried. Pyrrhon is even weirder than ever, and they were at the top of their game on Saturday. New York doom metal fixtures Batillus played a roaring set after Pyrrhon. Their sludgy doom was a definite genre shift following the previous three bands.
Next up was Car Bomb who assault the senses when they play. Besides immense sound and dizzying technical prowess, the band has built -- yes, built -- a number of light effects triggered by different band members. The effect is a disorienting light show not suitable for people prone to motion sickness or seizures. (Word has it that Kimbra and her band showed up to see Car Bomb.) Following the last set of the night, Andy Stott's electronic set marked a shift in the evening, and the crowd turned over.
Pyrrhon will be playing at Saint Vitus on October 27th with Tombs, 16, and Serpentine Path. Batillus will also be playing at Saint Vitus, but on Nov. 19th supporting Nachtmystium, Jarboe, Bruce Lamont (of Yakuza, who played our own BBG's CMJ showcase on Saturday), and Lord Mantis. Primitive Weapons are playing with Vision of Disorder at Music Hall of Williamsburgon November 24 and supporting Into Another at Bowery Ballroom on December 16.
Car Bomb recently self-released w^w^^w^w, their first album since leaving Relapse Records. It is available digitally on their bandcamp page, and physical copies will be available "sometime in mid-October." Andy Stott's new album, Luxury Problems, is out on October 29 via Modern Love.
More pictures from 285 Kent are below.
Recent releases by Handmade Birds, in collage form
Handmade Birds, the label created by R. Loren of Pyramids, has cornered the market on quiet brooding darkness as of late. The label recently dropped notable releases from the likes of Our Love Will Destroy The World, William Fowler Collins, Locrian and Christoph Heemann and Theologian, and is preparing to release a new effort from Jason Zeh as well. We have exclusive streams of a few songs from some of their latest offerings in mixtape form, as well as accompanying videos. Fans of experimental music that flirts with ambient, industrial and black metal overtones should take note. Listen below.
Check out said mixtape all streams are below.
Car Bomb at CMJ 2010 (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Car Bomb will headline the Pitchfork-Show No Mercy unofficial CMJ event that will go down on October 20 at 285 Kent, tagging Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons and Theologian plus "special guests." Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three Pitchfork shows announced during CMJ.
Car Bomb have decided to go it alone with w^w^^w^w, their new album and first release since leaving Relapse Records. Stream all of that LP below and order the CD/vinyl via the band (due in "mid-October").
The show is the same night as the $5, complimentary-while-supplies-last PBR/Sailor Jerry/Mercy-drink, BBG showcase at Saint Vitus featuring exclusive CMJ appearances from Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Enabler, Fight Amp, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets are on sale.
Pitchfork flyer and LP stream are below.